Music festival is complete package

Heritage Opera will be performing 'The Barber of Sevilee' at Doxford Hall as part of the Northumberland Music Festival
Heritage Opera will be performing 'The Barber of Sevilee' at Doxford Hall as part of the Northumberland Music Festival

A weekend of live classical music at Northumberland’s Doxford Hall in includes two full opera performances and an orchestral concert.

The Northumberland Music Festival’s live operas and symphony orchestra are at Doxford Hall from November 14-16, with the Northumbrian Ranters performing a traditional concert a week later, on November 21.

Doxford’s classical festival weekend features full length performances of Puccini’s Tosca, and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, performed by Heritage Opera.

Heritage Opera’s touring style is ideally suited to country house venues – with fresh full-scale performances accompanied by piano.

The Barber of Seville is filled with Rossini’s verbal, visual, musical and physical gags - in a riotous, uproarious two and a half hours.

Their Tosca is a brand new production of an opera favourite, and is recommended by Opera Now “to anyone who hasn’t seen it. Audiences have been gripped to the marrow. It is nasty, brutal, harrowing and utterly thrilling.”

The British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra makes their first appearance at the festival with Schubert’s 5th Suite Symphony, Mozart’s 23rd Piano Concerto and Holst’s St Pauls Suite.

The orchestra was formed from a group of musicians based in the Midlands and northern England in 1998 and is in demand for its special Proms concerts, movie nights and Viennese Strauss galas.

Festival director Jeremy Peaker said: “The festival has received a tremendous reception here in Northumberland over the last three years.

“We think we are able to appeal to ever increasing numbers of serious music lovers. And of course not only is this a festival of music, it will be, as always, a great festival of fine food.”

Robert Parker, who came up with the idea of the festival, added: “The Doxford Festival Experience offers a complete package which makes it a true evening out – with a champagne reception, a gourmet three course dinner, and a concert included in the price of the ticket.”

“We have tailored a programme that offers fantastic value for money, and a real sense of occasion.”

For more info visit www.nmfestival.co.uk or telephone 01668 283100.